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Outlook Express for Windows Vista or Windows 7?

Trying to download Outlook Express in Windows Vista or Windows 7?

Those of you who recently purchased a new computer, and are now looking for your old friend, Outlook Express, well.. you need to know that Outlook Express is obsolete, has been put out to pasture, and no longer available. You cannot download it, nor run it on either Windows Vista or Windows 7.

However, you can (download and) install an e‑mail “client” program from another company or use Microsoft’s newer email program, Windows Live Mail – a free program that is part of of the “Windows Live Essentials” pack of (free) programs. (see, Windows Live Essentials Review.)

Windows Live Mail works with most e‑mail accounts, and you can import your e‑mail, contacts, and calendar from Outlook Express into Windows Live Mail.

Picture of Windows Live Mail 

Windows Live Mail might already be installed on your computer. To check if it’s installed, click the Start button, type Windows Live Mail into the Search pane, and see if it appears in the results. If it does appear, see Importing your e‑mail, contacts, and calendar into Windows Live Mail for the How-To help setting it up.

If it does not appear, you can download and install Live Mail via Windows Live Essentials.

Or you may prefer Thunderbird, from the makers of Firefox.

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May 16, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, e-mail, free software, how to, Microsoft, PC, software, Vista, Windows, Windows 7 | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. TechPaul,

    To this day, I still find people locked into Outlook Express. Most of the time they do not understand or realize there are options.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | May 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Rick,
      … and those that are aware don’t want to “have to learn something new” …
      (And there is of course, a certain comfort level.)

      Old software versions are nothing more than an invitation to viruses and hackers; but, what can I do but warn? Human nature is what it is.

      As always, thank you for your support, and keep up the great work on Whats On My PC..!


      Comment by techpaul | May 17, 2011 | Reply

  2. “Windows Live Mail” is in fact Outlook Express improved. Those that are comfortable with OE, will have no problem recognizing this.
    Microsoft has caused great confusion with naming. Do NOT confuse with Live Mail. WLM also comes in TWO versions: one that synchs with Live Mail (all data on server), AND one that works like OE — all data only on your computer– which is where most people who prefer OE would like it to be.
    Also be aware that foolishly, Microsoft has imposed light gray fonts which make it difficult for those with not so great vision to see — no solution known
    This light gray is worse when installed in XP — almost impossible to see — the only solutions impose overall Windows changes that are not pretty.
    Also, strangely, you can not copy a contact to the Windows clipboard — no known solution.
    Other than these issues, it works just fine in Win7


    Comment by l.davidson | May 24, 2011 | Reply

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